Family inspires Lee to play until 2016

Family inspires Lee to play until 2016
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei with his wife and son, the inspiration behind his aim to continue his five-year domination of the sport. "I will persevere until 2016, but it will definitely be my last Olympics," he said, while pointing out that he would welcome the chance to take on China's Lin Dan again.

Lee Chong Wei is a man on a mission in Singapore - and not simply to make the OUE Singapore Open his fourth title of the season.

The world No. 1 shuttler is also determined to spend some family time here, and he has brought his wife and son along for their first overseas family trip.

Being a new father has meant new priorities for the Malaysian, whose wife Wong Mew Choo is a former world No. 7 shuttler herself.

"My family gives me a lot of drive," said Lee, who could not help but break into a smile when talking about his family.

"No matter what I do, I think about my wife and son first. They give me a lot of motivation whether I'm winning or losing."

The 31-year-old was speaking yesterday ahead of a special dinner hosted by property and construction firm Koh Brothers, an occasion which also gave 22 young local shuttlers a chance to get up close and personal with the badminton great.

It is this drive that will likely carry the shuttler through the next two years, after he confirmed yesterday that he intends to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

For someone who is turning 32 in October and with many young challengers waiting to usurp his throne, Lee knows a tough campaign lies ahead of him.

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